Visitation scheduled for March 3 and 4
Charles Edward Byrnes, 78, of Shelburne Falls, Mass., died suddenly on Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016 at the Westchester Medical Center. Born in New York City on March 31, 1937, he was the son of the late John E. and Evelyn F. (O’Connor) Byrnes.
Charles “Charlie” Byrnes grew up in Garrison as the fourth of 11 Byrnes children. He attended St. Patrick’s High School in Newburgh, graduated from Manhattan College and received a master’s degree in science from New York University in 1959. He began his career as a science teacher at Highland Falls High School and went on to work for more than 30 years in film and print advertising. Charlie loved the Giants and Yankees and was an accomplished athlete in his own right. He was well-known for his quick wit and wry sense of humor, his kindness, generosity and love for his family, friends and animals. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Survivors include two sons, E. Aran (Kimberly) Byrnes of Massachusetts, and Charles Justin Byrnes of Massachusetts; and his former spouse, Marie Stella (Byrnes). He also leaves behind five brothers: Gerald (Joan) Byrnes of Cape May, N.J.; Lawrence T. (Kathleen) Byrnes of Somerset, N.J.; Robert (Rosemary) Byrnes of Croton-on-Hudson; Walter (Alice) Byrnes of The Villages, Fla.; and Paul Byrnes of The Villages.
He also is survived by two sisters, Evelyn (Kurt Mast) Byrnes and Sister Ellen M. Byrnes of Lincoln Park, N.J.; a sister-in-law, Gail Byrnes of Atlanta; and a brother-in-law, James Brady of Charleston, S.C. Also surviving are two grandchildren, Everett Aran and Sylvie Aida Byrnes, and many adoring nieces and nephews.
Three of his siblings passed away before him: John Byrnes, Garrett Byrnes and Margaret M. (Byrnes) Brady.
Friends may call at the Clinton Funeral Home, at the corner of Parrott and Pine streets (21 Parrott St.) in Cold Spring from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 3, and Friday, March 4. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, March 5, at Our Lady of Loretto Church, 24 Fair St., Cold Spring, with interment will follow in the family plot at Cold Spring Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Charles Byrnes’s name to the American Cancer Society (donate.cancer.org). Funeral arrangements are in the care of the Clinton Funeral Home in Cold Spring.